Platinum Plus vs Gold Review | Which ghd straightener is best?

by Adell Hellstrom
Platinum plus vs Gold ghd hair straightener

Looking to upgrade to a better flat iron? Great! I was in your situation recently, so I did some research and eventually narrowed my options down to the GHD Platinum Plus and the GHD Gold straightner. I then decided to buy both flat irons so I could test them  out and write a review to help you. If you prefer video, check out my NEW GHD Gold vs Platinum Plus video below or watch it here on Youtube.

What is the cost of the Platinum Plus and Gold straighteners?

The GHD Platinum Plus is priced  at $249 and cost $50 more than the Gold, putting the Gold at $199. You can find these straighteners online at the official GHD website, Sephora, Ulta, and other beauty sites. I bought my straightener at the official GHD website because they were offering a 15% off discount for first time purchases.


ghd platinum plus vs gold review comparison chart

Initial thoughts on Platinum Plus and Gold

I bought the white Platinum Plus and the black Gold straightener, and I must say, I am absolutely in love with the way the white Platinum plus looks and feels! I really wish the Gold styler came in cool metallic colors like the Platinum Plus model does. Points to Platinum+ for having a variety of fun colors to choose from.  ***The ghd website is offering  to personalize your straightener for free! You can get your name on your hair straightener. Super cute

Oh, the tech! These are both premium high-quality straighteners. However, the technology is in the Platinum plus is slightly more advanced than the Gold, and many other straighteners on the market. The Platinum plus better sensors and that’s supposed keep an even temperature regulated throughout the plates so you don’t have hot spots and burn your hair. The tech in the Platinum plus is also claims to be better for dyed/colored hair and preventing breakage.

My video review of these straighteners will show you the box up close so you can see written specs and benefits. You’ll notice there is an Allure beauty award showing the Platinum Plus is a superb item.

The Platinum Plus has a faster heat up time than the Gold. The Platinum Plus takes 20 seconds while the Gold straightener takes 25 seconds to heat up. Personlally, I dont think a five-second difference matters. It’s the all about the results; straightening, curling softness and shine.

They both have swiveling cords so when you’re straightening your hair the cord doesn’t get tangled up. One thing to note is the color availbilty of each model. Ghd Gold is offered mainly the standard black color, while platinum plus comes in a wide variety of colors such as white, red, and prints.  

Don’t fear the gap I know some people have complained that the plates don’t touch in the Platinum Plus straighteners, but I’ve read that’s actually not a bad thing and it’s even intentional. It’s actually better for your hair if there’s a gap between your straighteners plates. You don’t want to damage your hair by squeezing the plates when straightening and putting pressure and breakage on your hair. 

Both on buttons light up when pressed.

My hair is pretty damaged and wavy I just want you to see that I do have waves in my hair so let’s see which straightener can actually tackle the waves.

I usually like to pull my hair up  and straighten my hair in three sections; all the hair below my ears, then the middle of myhair, and lastly the top crown of my head. 

Platinum Plus this is the one that cost more this is the one that’s supposed to be better according to jewish d-des let’s see it really could vary on hair type so maybe my hair type is better suited for this goal okay so this is the Platinum side and this is the gold side I’m surprised I think I like the gold side better okay so what did we learn here and what have we decided which one is better I just want you to keep in mind that you know your hair might respond better to a different straightener but if your hair is like mine where it’s pretty thin you have a lot of waves when you wake up just natural waves not like the pretty waves but just kind of like all throughout and random places and you may be colored your hair and highlighted it and it’s pretty dry and damaged if your hair sounds like my hair I’m gonna have to say it the gold did better it just did I want I really really really wanted to live the platinum but for some reason it didn’t do was afraid of a job as the gold did the gold made my hair softer and smoother and you know what let’s do an ultimate test let’s put the gold over what the platinum wasn’t able to catch and let’s see if that makes a difference do not stray without protecting o

let’s curl and see which one does I I feel I don’t know if it’s me again but I feel like the gold is better again we try to do a really nice one come on Platinum Plus give me a beautiful pearl that’s the saddest Karl I’ve ever seen Platinum flex let’s go show me what you got I like you I don’t know man platinum gold I feel like the gold comes out it’s just easier  let’s do this all on yoit like with nice waves tie with the gold the gold just a smidge

These are both stunning straighteners. However, the Platinum Plas has a sexier modern look, with the wishbone hinge. See my chart for photo.

Honestly, I was rooting for the Platinum Plus because  I felt the higher cost would yield a superior product that’s better but I’m honestly really impresses with the Gold. If they both cost the same  and all were equal beside the actual results, then I would have to declare the Gold to be the best forthings qual such as color, it would be the gold. We Have A Winner = The Gold! 

Well, thanks for watching. I hope this helped answer any questions you may have had. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you :

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